Has anyone managed to get the statue to move for them? In the video it looks as if you only have to copy it for a little while before it will copy you, but Mrs T and I couldn't get it to work on Friday evening when we went past. There is an X on the floor which we guessed might be a good place to stand. I might go back with a camera as an aid to feeling less silly holding a pose!
My wife and I stopped at the statue on the way to the Tate on Sunday afternoon. We stood waiting for it to move for about 5 minutes to no avail.
After a period my wife became bored and went window shopping in the nearby shops. I followed after her keeping an eye on the statue and finally the statue moved. I called to her and it continued moving. We watched as it took a pose and then reverted back to its original pose.
There was no one near it at the time so I wonder if it really does copy people's poses or whether it is actually on a timer. I looked to see if I could see any obvious camera that may observe peoples poses and relay them to computer, but could not see one.
Anyway it is a fun thing, and if it makes people take up strange poses in front of it, all well and good.
Yes, it is broken. Greyworld, the arts collective behind it are forever fiddling about with it. These kinds of outdoor installations are never going to be trouble free, constant changes in temperature effecting the mechanics. It annoys me when this sort of thing isn't properly researched before funding. I actually prefer its 'fits' to what was intended (not that that ever seemed to work either!)
It is. Look how long it was before the 'Smarty' lights got repaired on Southwark St. There's never a budget to extend beyond the initial installation. It's a case of praying it just works, however, complex outdoor artworks are always going to struggle in our changeable climate. Look at the benches opposite the lights, slowly deteriorating because there are no funds to restore them.